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2014 Ford Fusion vs. 2015 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Fusion than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Ford Fusion.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Ford Fusion as you will with the Kia Optima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Fusion is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Optima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Fusion and the Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Ford Fusion is a little wider than the Kia Optima, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Ford Fusion takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Optima.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Ford Fusion and the Kia Optima do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Ford Fusion has a larger turning radius than the Kia Optima, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Ford Fusion has less horsepower than the Kia Optima, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Ford Fusion and the Kia Optima. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Ford Fusion as you will in the Kia Optima.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Fusion is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Optima.

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2014 Ford
Fusion

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MSRP*: $21,970 - $32,600

2015 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,650 - $35,500
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 5.85% --
City MPG: 22 12 - 22
Highway MPG: 31 - 34 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $20,488 - $30,074 $20,715 - $33,140

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